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RECIPE: Vegan Raw Christmas Cake

Did you forget to make your Christmas cake 6 months in advance this year? Or maybe you just want a healthier easier option for your special day celebrations. Well go no further than a vegan raw Christmas cake. Don’t be scared off by the long list of ingredients (that is just what a Christmas cake is like!). You can easily cut down the number of ingredients and this recipe will still work.

If you think about it Christmas cake is mostly dried fruit and nuts and is quite dense. So this vegan raw Christmas cake recipe adapts very well. Linseeds and coconut oil are used as the binders instead of egg and nut flour is used instead of wheat flour. It really is very easy to make…

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Vegan Raw Christmas Cake Ingredients (serves 10):

Wet ingredients:

*You can flambé the alcohol to burn it off or use 30ml vanilla extract (which contains a little alcohol) for a non-alcohol version.

Binding Ingredients:

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Dry ingredients:

Garnish:

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Vegan Raw Christmas Cake Method:

This recipe is actually quite flexible. As long as you adhere to the simple principles of combining dry ingredients (ground nuts and seeds) and wet ingredients (dried fruit and liquids) along with the binding ingredients (ground linseed, water and coconut oil) you can mix and match the types of dried fruits and nuts as you wish.

Put all of the wet ingredients in a bowl together to soak.

Blend the dry ingredients in a food processor until they have reached a meal consistency. Ensure you do leave some nice big chunks for added textures so don’t over blend.

Put the the dry ingredients and wet ingredients into a food processor. Combine the binding ingredients in a separate bowl first and then add to the dry and wet ingredients in the food processor. Combine everything by pulsing again ensuring leave a little texture in the mixture.

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Your cake mixture should be moist and combined at this point. You may need to add a little extra water at this point but the less moisture you can get away with the less you will have to dehydrate out of it later so only do this if it isn’t combining in the food processor or look dry.

Put into the dehydrator for a minimum of 4 hours up to 24 hours (depending on the moisture content you added and how moist you want your cake). If you don’t have a dehydrator, just put your oven onto its lowest setting (usually 50°C) and wedge the door slightly open with a steel dish cloth or something. If all else fails you can just skip the dehydrating step and put into the fridge – your cake will be quite moist though.

Once the cake has finished dehydrating you will notice that some of the oil will have risen to the top. Poke some holes in the cake to let it soak back in and then smooth the hole over with a spoon.

Sprinkle over the garnishes.

Refrigerate the cake for at least half an hour before serving.

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you all have a happy and healthy New Year : )

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10 thoughts on “RECIPE: Vegan Raw Christmas Cake

    • Hi Paula, this raw christmas cake needs to be kept in the fridge. This is because one of the binding agents in it is coconut oil, which needs to be kept cool in order to remain solid and do its binding work. The cake will last at least three weeks in the fridge. It will probably last much longer, but three weeks is a good amount of time for it to remain fresh : )

    • Hello,

      Yes chia seeds should work fine too : )

      Although they tend to be more expensive and as the actual seed isn’t used in the recipe (where most of the nutrition is) then there isn’t necessarily much point using the more expensive ingredient. However if chia seeds are all you have available or you would like to use them anyway they should be fine.

      The goo is boiled until it reduces 1/3 in volume. If you click through to the linked post in the method description of the recipe to the exact recipe for vegan mergangue/whipped egg then you will get much more detail about this part of the recipe http://roarfood.co.nz/blog/articles/eaters-digest/vegan-whipped-cream-or-egg-whites.

      Regards

      Gabriel

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    • Hello Sue,

      It is really up to you, just mould it into the size and shape you wish – that is the beauty of raw recipes as you don’t need to take into account rising or anything like that.

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